begin in the minds of men,
it is there that we must construct the defences of peace.”
Public and educational
outreach are part of the Prajnya mission and the Education
for Peace Initiative (EPI) hosts Prajnya’s pedagogically-oriented
projects. Its vision is to teach peace by fostering the
learning of skills conducive to communication, healing,
tolerance, reconciliation and interaction between people
with divergent interests and creating capacity for the resolution
of conflict and the creation of a sustainable peace.
In 2008, Prajnya
received a grant from Sir Ratan Tata Trust to commission
three pre-launch research projects for this Initiative.
For more, see here.
In August 2009, we
held a small seminar to present the findings of the projects.
In August 2010, Priyadarshini
Rajagopalan presented "Building
Blocks of Peace Education: A Practical Discussion of Conceptual
Issues" at an international conference organised
by the Madras School of Social Work on "Development
and Equity for a Global Society – Emerging Concerns
for Social Work." In October, she also presented at
a conference on Nai Talim at the University of Madras.
On September 21, 2012,
we organized Kriti, a day-long workshop on the what, why
and how of peace education. The idea was to open a conversation
on peace education that would encourage participants to
implement some of the 2005 NCF guidelines for peace education.